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Sanctioning

 Major, Minor and Flexible Violations  Types of Sanctions
 Range of Sanctions  Guidelines for Assignment of Sanctions




Major, Minor and Flexible Violations

Refer to the Guidelines for Assignment of Sanctions section to see if a violation is usually considered major, minor or flexible.

Additionally, cases may be considered major violations when they include any of the following circumstances:

  • Repeated violations of any policy
  • Prosecution in criminal courts that affect the university’s pursuit of its educational mission
  • Multiple violations of policies in one incident
  • An incident involving both alcohol and drugs
  • Hospitalization due to alcohol/drug use/abuse
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Range of Sanctions Assigned

The Office of Judicial Affairs, the University Judicial Council or the University Hearing Officer may assign any sanction or sanctions listed in the Types of Sanctions section of the student handbook.
A minor violation board or student judicial coordinator may only assign any of the following sanctions:

  • Disciplinary probation
  • Substance Education programs
    • By the Numbers
    • Calling the Shots
    • BASICS
    • BASICS II
    • High Expectations
  • Civic Education programs
    • Mentor Experience
    • Site Experience
    • Values in Action
    • Conflict Skills
  • Restitution
  • Special assignments
  • Fines
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Types of Sanctions

Any student found responsible for violating any of the regulations or policies of JMU may be subject to one or more of the following sanctions.

Disciplinary Probation

The university reserves the right to impose a more severe sanction if the student is found responsible for violating an additional university policy. Probation shall be for a specified period of time, for a minimum of one semester.

Substance Education

By the Numbers
This two-hour program examines the reason for the establishment of community standards. An overview of VA laws and university policies is given. Students discuss personal values, community resources, and risk-reduction strategies for avoiding negative consequences of alcohol use. This short course was designed for minor alcohol violations. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

Calling the Shots
This three-week program guides students towards making future decisions more consistent with their values and in compliance with the law. Harrisonburg and/or JMU police participate in this program to answer students' questions and address risk-reduction strategies. This program was designed for students who violated alcohol policy. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

BASICS
The University Health Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention Office coordinates BASICS - Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students.  The BASICS program is an early-intervention program designed to help students evaluate the risks that may result from alcohol use. It is an empathetic, confidential, non-judgmental program open to all JMU students. It consists of two, 50-minute interview sessions that use self-assessment of alcohol use, behavior, and potential risks, and then helps students identify potential changes to reduce future alcohol-related negative consequences. BASICS is not an addiction treatment program. Referral to appropriate community resources is available. There is a $50.00 program fee for BASICS.  The fee is paid in two installments, $25 immediately following each session.

BASICS II
The University Health Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention Office coordinates BASICS II - Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (Level II). BASICS II is appropriate when a student has previously participated in BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) either as a judicial or other mandated referral. Comprised of two 50-minute sessions, BASICS II provides personalized feedback by examining the ongoing consequences of alcohol use and current or previous action plans to reduce alcohol-related risk.  BASICS II is not therapy or substance abuse treatment.  There is a $50.00 program fee for BASICS II.  The fee is paid in two installments, $25 immediately following each session.

High Expectations
The University Health Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention Office coordinates High Expectations. High Expectations is an early-intervention program designed to help students evaluate the risks associated with marijuana and other drug use. It is an empathetic, confidential, non-judgmental program open to all JMU students. It consists of two, 50-minute interview sessions that use self-assessment of drug use, behavior, and potential risks, and then helps students identify potential changes to reduce future drug-related negative consequences. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

Civic Education

Mentor Experience
This program is used for students who have violated university policy and lack a personal understanding of their mission, values, and goals. Through participation in one-on-one meetings with a faculty, staff, or graduate student mentor, students develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust. The Mentor Experience includes attendance at 8, 10, 12, or 15 weekly mentor meetings and submission of a final reflection paper.

Site Experience               
This program is used for students who have violated university policy and have a lack of connection with the university community. Through participation in 30 site hours, students make a connection with the university and recognize the impact they have on the community. The Site Experience includes attendance at reflection group meetings and submission of a final reflection paper.

Values in Action
This two-week program encourages participants to explore their personal values, act with integrity, and practice ethical decision-making.  In addition, students are challenged to set personal goals for increased positive community engagement.  This program was designed for students whose actions in a particular incident may not have been in line with their personal values or the values of the institution. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

Conversations about Conflict
A 2-week, 4 hour program (2 hours per week), with a 1- hour follow up meeting. It is meant for students to reflect on how they deal with conflict in their relationships with friends, roommates, family members, professors, university staff, strangers, and even themselves. Through this class, students will be given the opportunity to assess their own conflict style, discuss how their community is impacted by conflict, and develop skills for future engagement in conflict. Upon completion of the class students submit a reflection paper and participate in a follow-up discussion. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

Restitution

Reimbursement by the student to the university or a member of the university community shall cover the cost of damage or loss of community or personal property.

Anger Management

Students are referred to the Counseling and Student Development Center for this program. For more information, please visit:  http://www.jmu.edu/counselingctr/Services/certificate.html

CSDC Administrative Request

Students are referred to the Counseling and Student Development Center for 2 intake appointments with the Associate Director or the designee.  This is not sanctioning counseling, but only asking the student to work with CSDC for appointments to see if it could be helpful in the future.

Suspension from University Housing

The student loses the privilege of living in or visiting anyone in university housing for a specified length of time. Afterward, the student is allowed to reapply for university housing, provided there is space available. If the student enters a residence hall during their suspension, s/he will be subject to arrest for trespassing and additional judicial charges.

Expulsion from University Housing

The student permanently loses the privilege of living in or visiting anyone in university housing. If the student enters a residence hall during their expulsion, s/he will be subject to arrest for trespassing and additional judicial charges.

Special Assignments/Restrictions

In certain cases, special assignments, loss of privileges or loss of eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities may be imposed.  These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Removal or restriction of a student’s parking privileges.
  • Removal or restriction of a student’s privilege of attending athletic events.
  • Removal or restriction of a student’s ability to use specific campus facilities.
  • Requiring a student to have no direct or indirect contact with the victim(s) of the violation(s), including but not limited to contact in person, through electronic means, or through a third party. Failure to comply or noncompliance with this restriction can result in additional violations and immediate suspension

University departments may also consider judicial history for the purpose of university employment or for admissions into supplemental learning opportunities, such as studies abroad.

Suspension

The student is dismissed from JMU for a specified length of time, after which he or she is allowed to return to the university. A suspended student may not visit the campus without the permission of the Office of Judicial Affairs. If the student does come to the campus during their suspension, s/he will be subject to arrest for trespassing and additional judicial charges. The final decision to suspend or expel is the responsibility of the president of the university or his/her designated appointee.

See also Leaving and Returning to the University and Interim Suspension.

Expulsion

The student loses the privilege of attending JMU as a student and is permanently separated from the university. A student who is expelled may not visit the campus without the permission of the Office of Judicial Affairs. If the student does come to the campus, s/he will be subject to arrest for trespassing.  The final decision to suspend or expel is the responsibility of the president of the university or his/her designated appointee.

Fines

Fines shall be no less than $15 and no greater than $100, depending on the severity of the infraction. All payments are to be made to the University Business Office in Warren Hall upon receipt of invoice.

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Guidelines for Assignment of Sanctions

  • Students found responsible for three minor alcohol violations may be suspended. Students found responsible for two major violations may be suspended.

  • Students found responsible for three minor drug violations may be suspended for a minimum of one semester. Students found responsible for the distribution of a controlled substance - disciplinary probation and suspension for a minimum of one semester.

  • Other offenses resulting in suspension or expulsion may include but are not limited to repeated violations, serious acts of vandalism, possession of weapons, failure to comply with a disciplinary decision, or interference with the Judicial or Honor Council process.

  • When applicable, disciplinary decisions made by the university honor council and an administrative hearing officer or judicial board will occur concurrently.

To maintain fairness and uniformity in the assignment of sanctions for certain first-time offenses, the following guidelines have been established:

Alcohol (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Alcohol and Drugs in the Same Incident (Major)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Appearing or Acting Under the Influence of Drugs (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Camping/Shelter Construction (Minor)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Campus Election Rules (Major)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Computer Misuse (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Dangerous Practices (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Destruction of Property (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation, ed. program and restitution

Disorderly Conduct (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol/drugs (Major)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Drug Distribution (Major)

Disciplinary probation, ed. program and suspension from the university

Drug Possession (Minor, Major if Felony)

Disciplinary probation, educational program, and may result in suspension from the university

Failure to Comply with a Disciplinary Decision (Major)

$50.00 fine, disciplinary probation and may result in suspension from the university

Falsification of Official Information (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Fire Safety (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation, educational program and suspension from university housing

Gambling (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Harassment (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Hazing (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Hospitalization due to Alcohol/Drug Use/Abuse (Major)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Interference with the Judicial Process (Major)

Disciplinary probation, educational program and may result in suspension from the university

Littering (Minor)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Noncompliance with an Official Request (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Obscene Conduct (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Parking (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Personal Abuse (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Projectiles (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Responsibility for Guest (Minor)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Sexual Assault (Major)

Disciplinary probation, educational program and suspension from the university

Smoking (Minor)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Soliciting & Sales (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Supplying Alcohol to Minors (Major)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Theft (Major)

Disciplinary probation, educational program, restitution and suspension from the university

Trespassing (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

Unauthorized Use of University Property or Documents (Flexible)

Disciplinary probation and ed. program

Violence to Persons (Major)

Disciplinary probation and educational program and may result in suspension from the university

Weapons (Major)

Disciplinary probation and educational program

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